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Old 05-24-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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Getting black & blue-Need tips on pricking my fingers

I don't have diabetes, but I am carb sensitive so I sometimes test my blood sugar to see how a meal may have affected my BG. Lately, though, I'm finding that my fingers often become black & blue shortly after testing. It wasn't happening before, and it doesn't hurt more than it did before so I'm not sure why it's happening now. What am I doing wrong? Can you share some techniques with me to keep the black & blue from appearing? Thank you!
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:35 AM   #2
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I try to set the depth of the lancet as shallow as possible. If I am using a new one I set it a 1 and increase just enough to get ample blood for the test. I know I once was in the hospital for a week and by the time I left it looked like mini-vampires had attached all of my fingers.

It helps to get your hands warm first. Hope this help.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #3
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Thanks, Ralph! I looked at my lancet and I have it set at the highest....5, so I'll put it to 1 and see if that's enough to draw enough blood. Thanks again.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:29 PM   #4
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Make sure you're using a new lancet every time, too. If the needle is dull, it can cause bruising (and possibly infection).
You can get 2-3 sticks out of one if you're being thrifty, but more than that and it gets pretty dulled.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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Good advice, Dottie. I usually use a lancet up to 3 times, but in light of the black & blue, I'll stop doing that. Thank you!
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #6
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I use the AccuCheck Multiclix. It holds 6 needles at a time and they are tiny, like as thin as a strand of hair. I barely feel the stick. Hope that helps.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:04 PM   #7
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Yes, thank you, kristenaz. I think I have the setting on my lancet too high....5, the highest. I'll start with that and see what happens. I appreciate everyone's help.
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I use the AccuCheck Multiclix. It holds 6 needles at a time and they are tiny, like as thin as a strand of hair. I barely feel the stick. Hope that helps.
That is the one I have, I have it set on 2.....also, warming your hands helps as well as placing the multiclix on the side of your finger pad and not directly in the middle of your finger.. Use your thumb to press the chosen finger on the same hand and push the skin upwards towards your nail....hurts much less. hth!
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:30 AM   #9
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Thanks, bella, I hadn't heard of doing that before (pressing with your thumb). All great suggestions.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #10
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I set the lancet to 3 and it worked fine with no pain or black & blue. In fact, I didn't think it drew blood, but it did. Thanks again, everyone!
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